Laundry Folding Robot Just Wants to Help
Roboticists at The University of California, Berkeley have developed a robot that can fold towels. Very slowly. And, somehow, in a sort of earnest and endearing way? I think it’s the careful smoothing of creases that does it. I shall call it FOLD-E.
In the first video, the robot folds and stacks four towels that have been randomly dropped on a table for it. Its creators say that it achieved “success on all 50 out of 50 single-towel trials as well as on a pile of 5 towels.” In the second video, some mean person has given it an already folded towel to fold, which only serves to confuse it.